RE: [CR]interesting eBay bidding...Brooks

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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 20:47:22 -0400
From: "Warren & Elizabeth" <>
Subject: RE: [CR]interesting eBay bidding...Brooks

>Roy states
>"Swallows are my favorite Brooks, there's been many different
>methods and designs of attaching the cut-away portion. BTW, I
>stopped in at Trophy Bike in Philadelphia today and the last honey
>leather / copper rail Swallow is $199."

John responded
>This gets back to my question - why was the one in the auction so valuable ?
>(Over $700!)
>Apart from some possible shill bidding I can't see why even Kauzo would
>spend this much unless this particular Swallow has some uniqueness to it.
>By the way, the latest Rivendell Reader has an interesting article on Brooks
>Swallow saddles.

Since a new Swift is $200...why wouldn't a 40 year old NOS rare model be worth 3 times that? If you are a rabid purist/enthusiast who demands nothing but the best for your restorations then you wouldn't have a second thought. I suspect Kauzo is that kind of person...with very deep pockets of course.

I have a circa '60 NOS B15's one of my few nice pieces in my stash-o-parts. Am I foolish because I don't want to sell it for $700? Cuz I don't. I earn that by working for a few days. I'm not going to find many more of these in "ye old Quaint Bike Shop" anymore.

I'm looking for a nice 21" British 531 Clubman frame to restore and build up...with that saddle of course. And I will ride it.

Warren Young